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FIU’s deputy police chief arrested after fight at Coral Gables bar

Florida International University Deputy Police Chief Benjamin Guerrero, pictured here at a school event, was jailed early Saturday after cops say he attacked off-duty officers at a Coral Gables restaurant.
Florida International University Deputy Police Chief Benjamin Guerrero, pictured here at a school event, was jailed early Saturday after cops say he attacked off-duty officers at a Coral Gables restaurant. - FIU Police's Facebook page

Florida International University’s deputy police chief was booked into jail early Saturday on allegations he attacked police officers at a Coral Gables bar and restaurant.

Benjamin Guerrero, 61, was charged with three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, and one count of disorderly conduct.

According to authorities, Guerrero on Friday night was asked to close out his tab and leave Hillstone, the popular Miracle Mile eatery and bar. He refused.

Off-duty Coral Gables officers working security there asked him to leave, and after he wouldn’t, one grabbed him to escort him out and he elbowed the cop, authorities said.

He also cursed at officers during the scuffle and smelled of alcohol, authorities say.

Gurrero is the deputy chief over investigations and compliance, and has been with FIU police since April 2013. Before that, he was an attorney with the Florida Department of Children and Families, and also spent nearly three decades with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

He earned his law degree from FIU in 2007, according to the Florida Bar.

“We are saddened to hear of the arrest of one of our officers last night,” the FIU police department said in a statement Saturday morning. “FIUPD holds all our officers to the highest standards of behavior. We are taking appropriate administrative actions regarding this incident.”

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